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« on: October 15, 2007 06:29:46 AM »

My friend and I are interested in learning how to spin.  Obviously, spindles are the least expensive way to learn.  However, I am not sure whether I should get us a top or bottom whorl.  Is it just a matter of preference?  Any advice?

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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2007 07:15:59 AM »

I've found that it is easier to spin on a top whorl, but I think this is something that varies from person to person.
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2007 09:10:33 AM »

I use a bottom whorl and I see a lot of videos on some steps for it but not many on how to take the yarn off or that sort of thing.
It also seems like it's easier to get a top whorl spinning becasue you can roll it on your leg.
A bottom you have to periodically manually spin it and this means you have to stop spinning.
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2007 01:27:41 PM »

I own and spin on both and truly I don't see much of a difference. I spin most often with my top whorl, but that is because I prefer the weight of it (2.4 ounces to my bottom whorl's 1.2 ounces)
I say just try to find somewhere where you can try both out, and if possible try different weights and see what you like best. You could also get 2 different ones if you're stuck ordering online.

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2007 09:28:25 PM »

I prefer top whorl myself, but I think it's pretty much a personal preference.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2007 12:45:33 PM »

I <3 my top whorl. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2007 11:53:11 AM »

I have both top and bottom whorl spindles and both work equally well for me.

I find the weight of the spindles more important than where the whorl is located.

I've heard of folks rolling the spindle on their leg, but I've only seen that done with navaho spindles.  A simple snap of the fingers sets both my top and bottom whorl spindles a going.
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2007 12:24:58 PM »

I use both, like both, don't see that much of a difference, really. I've read that it's easier for beginners to use bottom-whorls. I use bottom-whorls when I want to spin singles, because it's hard for me to spin anything but thin singles on a top-whorl.
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2007 02:18:09 PM »

My friend and I are interested in learning how to spin.  Obviously, spindles are the least expensive way to learn.  However, I am not sure whether I should get us a top or bottom whorl.  Is it just a matter of preference?  Any advice?

Thanks!

Anne

You could build your own spindles with CD's & dowels (I know there's instructions at SpinOff magazine's website, I just don't have it handy right now) and try it both ways. Or try a yahoo/google search, there's probably others sites that have make-your-own-spindle instructions. Use rubberbands or something like that to hold the CD in place instead of looking for the grommets (unless you have grommets laying around).  Trying it both ways is really the best way to see which works for you.
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2007 06:39:02 PM »

My friend and I are interested in learning how to spin.  Obviously, spindles are the least expensive way to learn.  However, I am not sure whether I should get us a top or bottom whorl.  Is it just a matter of preference?  Any advice?

Thanks!

Anne

You could build your own spindles with CD's & dowels (I know there's instructions at SpinOff magazine's website, I just don't have it handy right now) and try it both ways. Or try a yahoo/google search, there's probably others sites that have make-your-own-spindle instructions. Use rubberbands or something like that to hold the CD in place instead of looking for the grommets (unless you have grommets laying around).  Trying it both ways is really the best way to see which works for you.
I used Hair elastics instead of grommets. Works Great!
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